Meg Whitman: An entrepreneur-diplomat shaping Africa’s conversation
When Meg Whitman was appointed as USA Ambassador to Kenya I found her appointment interesting. Meg Whitman is a pioneering entrepreneur, experienced business leader, and a trailblazer in US’s private sector. A most unconventional choice. Traditionally, the position of US Ambassador to Kenya has been held by career diplomats: individuals with experience in similar roles in other countries.
Many previous ambassadors have had a security background as this was often seen as the main priority of the US foreign policy. In Kenya focus on supporting Kenya government efforts on counterterrorism always appeared to be a large part of the role. Whitman’s appointment was a clear indication of a new and evolving brand of diplomacy that was evolving in response to a more interconnected and complex world.
As an entrepreneur, Whitman built a reputation as a transformative business leader, creating great success stories in various industries. Meg Whitman’s recent speech at the American Chamber…